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Museum shop

The entrance to the shed is accessible for free. Till 5 PM you can enter the shop and temporary exhibition. Feel free to have a chat at our museum café during the weekend and/or events.

Ita Moel's eye infection

One of the biggest obstacles on the way to the “promised land” of America was trachoma, an infectious eye disease. If a passenger was found to have trachoma during the medical examination then the migrant would be inexorably sent back. Young Ita Moël was sent back twice.

The story of migration

The Red Star Line Museum invites you on an exciting voyage. Discover the story of the shipping company, the city of Antwerp and its harbour. Above all, discover the emigrants’ stories.

Albert Einstein, a famous passenger

Unlike many migrants who travelled with the Red Star Line only once, Albert Einstein was a regular guest on the Red Star Line ocean steamers.

Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp nominated for European Museum of the Year Award 2015!

The Red Star Line Museum has been nominated for the prestigious European Museum of the Year Award 2015. Together with the Museum on the Yser in Diksmuide, it is one of 42 candidates on the list.

Abram Spiwak, searching for his beloved Sophie

Abram Spiwak decided to follow his beloved Sophie to America. He did not have valid papers, but he tried his luck with the financial support of his family.

Stijn and Sofie are going to New York

Stijn and Sofie are the winners of the contest ‘1 year Red Star Line Museum’! Next year they will be travelling to New York on the Queen Mary 2.

Alexis De Laet returned to Belgium to fight

Alexis De Laet left his native village of Burcht for Chicago in 1911. When World War I broke out he returned to Belgium to join the Belgian army.

Frans Wittock: Fighting with the American army

Frans Wittock was an American Belgian who returned to Belgium in 1917 as a US soldier.

Roger Roels was stuck in America

Roger Roels was a seaman. He happened to be in the United States when the war broke out and was unable to return to Belgium. When the United States entered the Great War in 1917, he enlisted with the US Navy. After the war he asked the love of his life, Anna, who he had not seen since the conflict started, to join him in the United States.

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